Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Africa Water, Sanitation Jan -Feb 2014 Vol.10 No1 - Page 6

NEWS in brief Around Africa Liberia Sasstown Chief Appeals for Latrines, Hand Pumps The Town Chief of Sasstown, Klay District in Bomi County, Cole Sekou, is appealing to g over nment and its partners to construct hand pumps Well with children in Bomi county, Liberia and latrines in the town to address its sanitation problem. Town Chief Sekou said Sasstown, which is divided into five blocks, has a population of over 3,500 residents but lacks basic sanitation facilities. Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency recently in Sasstown, Chief Sekou disclosed that Blocks A and B have one pump each while Block C has two pumps and the remaining two blocks have no pumps and latrines. He said the water pumps and latrines that were constructed in Old Sasstown five years ago have been damaged, leaving residents of the town to fetch drinking water from creeks and streams. Chief Sekou also disclosed that residents use the bush as latrine, noting that this practice is dangerous to the health and well-being of the people. Sasstown is located on the Monrovia-Tubmanburg Highway and is famous for its usual weekly Market Day where local produce are brought from various towns and villages to be sold. Malawi Flood-hit Malawi faces aid deficit International help and pledges fall far short of the $65-million needed to deal with the disaster. UK-based churches’ global development agency Christian Aid is providing emergency assistance to deluged communities in Malawi, in the aftermath of the worst floods the country has seen in nearly two decades. More than 630,000 people have been affected, with 120,000 of these displaced by the torrential rain and flooding which hit the country’s southern districts a week ago, washing away homes, livestock, crops and roads. Development agencies are working to provide 40,000 people in Nsanje and Chikwawa districts with access to 6 Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene • January - February 2015 clean water, toilets facilities and temporary shelter. Existing water sources such as boreholes and wells have been damaged or swept away, as have many public and household latrines. There are growing fears that the few remaining water sources could become contaminated, leaving communities exposed to the threat of water-borne diseases such as cholera. Relief organizations will be building 50 latrines, distributing 1,800 water purification tablets and jerry-cans, and constructing or rehabilitating 200 emergency sanitation